Those of you productive types out there may have heard of the app called CloudOn that brings the Microsoft Office experience directly to your Android tablet. Features like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in combination with Dropbox and Google Drive integration, make this a must have app for folks who need an Office suite on the go. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the app, maybe it’s because it wasn’t available in your country due to it’s once limited availability. Well, that may be a problem of the past as CloudOn has just been launched in these 60 additional countries: » Read the rest
With around 500,000 apps available in the Google Play Store, it’s so hard to find the right apps. Who has the time to search and search? Thanks to Appreciate Personal App Market, users are spending less time searching for apps and instead, getting recommendations based on their profile. You receive app recommendations each and every day all based on your tastes. What’s even more impressive is Appreciate creates a page for each app in the Play Store and gives you a relevancy score. This means that you can search for an app and Appreciate will tell you if you should even bother based on your current tastes.
It’s also social. You can connect to Facebook and see what apps your friends recently discovered. If you like an app and think a friend will like it, you can send the app directly to their device to install.
As we reported, S Voice was pulled from the Galaxy S III over the weekend, but unfortunately stopped working when Samsung (or Vlingo) blocked any non Galaxy S III phone from the server. Yesterday we told you about a fix for rooted users, but now the APK has been re-built with the proper credentials to trick the server into thinking you have a Galaxy S III. This means its now open to all again.
There’s more good news because more treats were pulled from the Galaxy S III, which include Accuweather, stock analog clock, stock digital clock, wallpapers, the video player, and more. You have to love XDA!!! Hit the break for all the download links.
I sat down with the folks at iOnRoad this morning at CTIA. They have a really unique app for your car, and they say it’s your personal driving assistant. When it comes to driving, safety is the most important aspect so why not use your smartphone to help you out? With iOnRoad you will get:
FORWARD COLLISION WARNING
Mount your device and iOnRoad will recognize traffic ahead and warn of potential collisions. iOnRoad warns you of collisions with audio and visual alerts, even when running in the background!
I spent some time with 10n2 Technologies here at CTIA, and they have a couple of unique apps for smartphone driver safety. Both apps are actually the same. BIZ protect is for the enterprise and is available now while One Connect is for consumers and is coming soon. What they do is prevent texting, emailing, and browsing (or other apps) of smartphones while driving. It uses the GPS to tell if you’re over the 12 mph threshold. If you are, you will be prompted to answer whether you’re a driver or a passenger. Of course, if you’re the driver, you won’t be able to use any of the apps set by the administrator. Now if you’re thinking that you could just reply that you’re the passenger, that won’t work. There’s a special Attention Verification Test (AVT) that you will have to go through to prove you are indeed a passenger. It’s pretty slick. It even gives the admin the option to prevent phone calls while driving unless you’re connected to Bluetooth.
Color Splash FX landed in the Google Play Store about a week ago. It’s made by Androidslide, makers of the very popular Camera ZOOM FX and Photo FX Live Wallpaper apps.
Color Splash FX turns your color photos to black and white by “painting” with you finger. You can also bring back the color with the same “painting” motion.
Now-a-days cloud storage is beginning to become the norm and several of you by now have probably caught on to the fact that you can open several cloud storage accounts to get yourself a decent little chunk of the storage space in the sky. Well, how do you manage so many accounts at once? SanDisk wants you to take the guesswork out off wondering how much storage each of your services has left thanks to its application, SanDisk Memory Zone. While we’ve written about this app in the past before, Memory Zone has been given a few updates and allows you to keep even better tabs on not only how much storage you have left but also serves as a file browser for each of those storage services. The application assists in helping you control and manage all of your content seamlessly and with very little effort. Whether you have content on your memory card, your phone’s storage or directly in the cloud, you can easily move files to and from with just the click of a few buttons.
SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone.
SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.
So, if your device is getting bogged down due to limited storage space, then maybe it’s time to better manage your device. In addition to the integrated functionality you’ll also have the opportunity to secure your content while on the go by applying a password protection feature. You can also backup/restore all of your files on command. So, without further ado, what are you waiting for? Get the application now and start uploading your videos, photos, music, docs and whatever else you want. In addition, when initially surveying the application, I noticed that it had pretty decent SkyDrive support, something that is lacking a bit on the Android platform. This application is the closest I’ve seen in the Google Play Store that will allow you to seamlessly navigate through your SkyDrive files, all for the price of free.
SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.
Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets.
Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.
Check out the quick video demo below as well as the screen shots of the app in action. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
A while back I did a review on Gift Wizard, which helps you when you can’t figure out what to give as gift to someone special. I remember it vividly. My wife turned to me and asked what to buy someone as a thank you gift, and I immediately opened up Gift Wizard, punched in some details about the person, and it spit out a bunch of ideas. We immediately settled on one of them. The whole process took less than 2 minutes. The funny thing is that I realized Gift Wizard really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, but many times when trying to think of a gift for someone, the obvious never seems to come to mind.
We’ve all been in situations where we just can’t figure it out and the panic starts settling in. It’s time to get rid of all that stress and give Gift Wizard Lite a try. Gift Wizard Lite is totally free so you don’t have an excuse. Back when I reviewed it, I had the paid version, which is .99 cents. To me, it was worth every penny, but with Mother’s Day coming up, SockMonkeySolutions just released this free version. What a perfect opportunity to give it a try. It has all the same features as the paid version except you won’t be able to load/save profiles or share your results via SMS or other social networks. If you try it out and it works for you, I recommend jumping right in to the paid version. It will make your life a lot easier with the saved profiles. Hit the break for download links.
If you love to read magazines, you might want to take a look at Next Issue. It’s basically Netflix for magazines. You pay a monthly fee and get unlimited access to a library of magazines. The service starts at $9 per month, which will give you access to monthly magazines. If you want access to weekly magazines, it’s $15 per month.
These aren’t just PDF’s, they are enhanced digital editions and custom designed for tablets. You will find enhancements like videos, bonus photography, and interactive features.
I don’t know about you, but this price seems a little steep. Netflix costs $7.99 per month and allows you to stream its entire library. The $9 per month plan is already higher, and I feel like Netflix offers so much more. They are offering a free 30 day trial so it doesn’t cost anything to give it a try. Hit the break for the full list of titles, a demo video, and the download links.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zite from our own Stacy Bruce. Zite is yet another news/magazine app that’s been around on iOS for a while, but finally found its way into the Play Store. All if these news/magazine apps have their gimmick and Zite’s is that it’s a “personalized magazine.” It automatically learns what you like so it will deliver the news, articles, blogs, and video you know you want. You can even sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader account to give it a head start. Unfortunately it’s only optimized for phones so no tablets yet. Hit the break for download links.